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  • Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) resumes workouts
    Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) began running on Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion tweeted a video of himself jogging with a friend (or perhaps trainer) in the Dominican Republic. He underwent surgery in late October to repair a sports hernia but is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2016 season. The 32-year-old slugger registered a .929 OPS with 39 home runs and 111 RBI in 146 games this summer for the American League East-champion Blue Jays. Today, 11:32 am
  • Daniel Nava elects free agency
    Daniel Nava has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Nava cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and ultimately refused a minor league assignment. The 32-year-old figures to land a spring training invite somewhere. Yesterday, 11:15 am
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • O's designate Wilkins for assignment
    Orioles designated 1B Andy Wilkins for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for L.J. Hoes for assignment. Wilkins was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers in September and now he could be on the move once again. Yesterday, 8:44 am
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • White Sox sign Alex Avila to one-year deal
    White Sox signed C Alex Avila to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman passed along the contract details. Avila, who turns 29 in January, struggled through injuries this season while batting just .191 with four home runs and a .626 OPS over 67 games. However, he's a gamble at this price. Avila figures to share playing time behind the plate with Tyler Flowers in 2016. Yesterday, 8:22 am
    L, 6-0 vs Det
  • Pirates sign 1B/OF Jake Goebbert
    Pirates signed 1B/OF Jake Goebbert to a one-year contract.

    Advice: No word on the terms involved, but he has been added to the team's 40-man roster. Goebbert, 28, batted .294/.392/.452 with 10 home runs and 62 RBI over 122 games this season with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. He appeared in 51 games with the Padres back in 2014. With his experience between first base and the outfield, Goebbert figures to compete for a bench spot in the spring. Yesterday, 7:46 am
  • Report: Pirates' Pedro Alvarez open to trade
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Pedro Alvarez would be open to a trade.

    Advice: It's a real possibility, as the Pirates are shopping him, as well as Neil Walker and Mark Melancon. While there's nothing to indicate that they are interested, Heyman speculates that the Orioles could be a fit. Alvarez turns 29 in February and batted .243/.318/.469 with 27 home runs and 77 RBI over 150 games this past season. He made $5.75 million in 2015 and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. Yesterday, 7:29 am
    W, 4-0 vs Cin
  • Jays agree to send Hague to Japanese team
    According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of, the Blue Jays have agreed to send Matt Hague to the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League for $300,000.

    Advice: The deal is not yet official, but Hague has been removed from Toronto's 40-man roster. Hague earned a September call-up with the Blue Jays this season after winning the International League MVP Award by batting .338/.416/.468 with 11 home runs and 92 RBI over 136 games with Triple-A Buffalo. He turned 30 in August. Yesterday, 6:33 am
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  • J.P. Arencibia released by Rays
    Rays released C J.P. Arencibia.

    Advice: Arencibia was designated for assignment last week. He hit .310/.315/.606 with six homers and 17 RBI in 24 games for the Rays, but they weren't interested in paying him what he'd make in arbitration. Tuesday, 7:02 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Braves re-sign Lavarnway to minors deal
    Braves re-signed C Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Lavarnway played in 27 games with the Braves this past season while batting .227/.311/.394 with two home runs and six RBI over 74 plate appearances. The 28-year-old has a chance to serve as A.J. Pierzynski's backup if the Braves decide to give Christian Bethancourt some time in the minors. Tuesday, 11:16 am
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    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Report: Mariners expected to trade Trumbo
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was told by several rival executives that they expect the Mariners to trade Mark Trumbo this offseason.

    Advice: Trumbo currently projects to be the primary first baseman in 2016, but a lot can change over the winter. It's worth noting that new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, formerly with the Angels, has traded him before. Trumbo projects to make in excess of $9 million in his final year of arbitration. He turns 30 in January and batted .262/.310/.449 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI over 142 games this past season. Tuesday, 7:12 am
    Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Sea - 1B,OF
    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Angelos involved in Orioles' talks with Davis
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Orioles owner Peter Angelos is "personally involved in the team's effort to re-sign" free agent first baseman Chris Davis.

    Advice: That's nice, but it's all going to come down to the size of the contract. And the 29-year-old Davis has many deep-pocketed teams in pursuit of him as the premier power bat in this free agent market. Davis posted a .923 OPS with 47 home runs and 117 RBI in 160 games this past season for Baltimore. He also led all major league hitters with a whopping 208 strikeouts. Monday, 5:43 am
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Orioles ink minor league deal with Ji-Man Choi
    Orioles signed 1B Ji-Man Choi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: His contract includes a July 1 opt-out clause. The 24-year-old has never appeared at the major league level but he's posted solid numbers in Triple-A, hitting .280 with a .379 on base percentage in 335 at-bats. A broken fibula limited Choi to 23 games last season. Saturday, 8:18 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Report: Cardinals looking into Chris Davis
    Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports the Cardinals are showing interest in Chris Davis.

    Advice: The Cardinals have already been in touch with his agent, Scott Boras. St. Louis seems to be intrigued by Davis' versatility. The 29-year-old slugger has started at four different positions including first base, third base and both corner outfield spots. The Cardinals might view Davis as the long-term replacement for left-fielder Matt Holliday, who only has one guaranteed season left on his contract. This year's major league home run champ should net nine figures. Saturday, 3:28 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Cubs purchase contract of Dan Vogelbach
    Cubs purchased the contract of 1B Dan Vogelbach from Double-A Tennessee.

    Advice: The 22-year-old was the Cubs' second round selection from the 2011 draft. He missed time with a strained oblique in 2015, slashing .279/.415/.434 with seven homers and 39 RBI in only 81 games. Friday, 9:17 pm
  • Wilin Rosario designated for assignment
    Rockies designated C/1B Wilin Rosario for assignment.

    Advice: It's a very surprising move, even though Rosario had fallen out of favor in Colorado and was due a raise this winter through arbitration. The 26-year-old slashed .273/.306/.473 with 71 homers in 447 games with the Rockies in his five seasons in Colorado. He should have plenty of suitors on the open market. Friday, 5:25 pm
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    W, 7-3 @SF
  • Rays designate Daniel Nava for assignment
    Rays designated OF Daniel Nava for assignment.

    Advice: The 32-year-old had a miserable 2015 campaign, slashing a mere .194/.315/.245 with one homer, 10 RBI and a 36/20 K/BB ratio over 166 plate appearances between the Red Sox and Rays. He'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal this winter. Friday, 4:57 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Rays designate J.P. Arencibia for assignment
    Rays designated C J.P. Arencibia for assignment.

    Advice: The 29-year-old backstop did a nice job in his limited time with the Rays in 2015, slashing .310/.315/.606 with six homers and 17 RBI in 24 games. It's unclear at the moment if he'll accept the minor league assignment or opt to explore the free agent market. Friday, 4:55 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Rosenthal: 'Lots of activity' on Adam Lind
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal wrote that according to a source, there's been "lots of activity [in trade talks]" regarding Adam Lind.

    Advice: The Brewers picked up Lind's $8 million club option in early November. The 32-year-old first baseman's bat has shown no signs of slowing down. In 2015, he slashed .277/.360/.460 with 20 homers and 87 RBI. While there's nothing imminent on the trade front, it would make sense for the rebuilding Brewers to actively consider trade possibilities given Lind's age. Friday, 8:52 am
    L, 3-1 vs ChC
  • Houston 'natural fit' for FA 1B Chris Davis?
    Rival executives see the Astros as a "natural fit" for Chris Davis, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

    Advice: Houston is in the market for a first baseman and Davis is easily the best option on the open market for that position. The 29-year-old slugger posted a .923 OPS with 47 home runs and 117 RBI in 160 games this past season for the Orioles and would be capable of injecting a big burst of offense into any lineup he joins. Astros management, as Olney notes, won't be scared off by Davis' sky-high strikeout totals. Thursday, 6:16 am
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Giants have discussed extension with Belt
    Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Wednesday that the club has discussed an extension with Brandon Belt.

    Advice: Evans addressed Belt's status during a press conference for Brandon Crawford's contract extension, but nothing appears imminent at this time. His 2015 season came to an early end due to his second concussion in the last two seasons, but Evans said Wednesday that it's "not a concern." The 27-year-old earned $3.6 million this past season and is under team control through 2017. Wednesday, 12:56 pm
    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Braves have discussed reunion with Pena
    Mark Bowman of reports that the Braves have been in touch with free agent catcher Brayan Pena.

    Advice: Pena was originally signed by the Braves and spent the first four years of his major league career with the club. He turns 34 in January and batted .273/.334/.324 over 367 plate appearances with the Reds this past season. The Braves have already re-signed A.J. Pierzynski, so adding Pena would put Christian Bethancourt's future in question. Wednesday, 8:36 am
    Not Active
    L, 4-0 @Pit
  • David Ortiz confirms he's retiring after 2016
    David Ortiz officially announced via a video on the Players' Tribune that he's retiring after the 2016 season.

    Advice: This confirms a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday. Appropriately enough, Ortiz made the announcement on his 40th birthday. "I wish I could play another 40 years ... but it doesn't work that way," said Ortiz. Wednesday, 8:31 am
  • Braves GM: We are not trading Freddie Freeman
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Braves general manager John Coppolella strongly denied that the team is considering trading Freddie Freeman.

    Advice: There's been all sorts of chatter about Freeman's future after last week's trade of Andrelton Simmons, but Coppolella tried to put the speculation to rest. "I cannot make it any more clear: We are not trading Freddie Freeman," said Coppolella. "We are not. I’d give my right arm before we trade Freddie Freeman. It is not happening." You can't blame fans for being skeptical about those words, but the Braves are rebuilding with aim of being competitive when they move into their new suburban ballpark in 2017 and (as of now) they want Freeman to be a part of it. The 26-year-old is under contract through 2021. Wednesday, 5:43 am
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Kennys Vargas piques interest of KBO clubs
    A person with direct knowledge of the situation told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Kennys Vargas is drawing interest from at least one team in the Korean Baseball Organization.

    Advice: The Twins won the blind bid for Korean first baseman Byung-Ho Park earlier in November, which makes Vargas somewhat expendable. The 25-year-old slugger could see his contract sold to an interested party in the KBO, though Twins vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliffe called the early reports "speculative." Vargas showed promise in 2014, hitting .274/.316/.456 with nine homers and 38 RBI across 215 at-bats. His numbers took a dip this last season, though, as he slashed just .240/.277/.349 with five homers and 17 RBI in 175 at-bats (58 games) with the big club. Tuesday, 6:19 pm
  • Giants sign Blanks to minors deal
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Giants have agreed to a minor league contract with Kyle Blanks, pending a physical.

    Advice: John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle was the first to break the news that the two parties were nearing an agreement. Assuming he passes the physical, he'll get an invite to spring training, where he should have a decent chance to make the Opening Day roster. Blanks is coming off of a pair of Achilles surgeries, but if he's healthy, it's a nice little roll of the dice by the Giants. The 29-year-old first baseman hit .313/.352/.522 with three homers and six RBI over 67 at-bats with the Rangers in 2015. Tuesday, 2:45 pm
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    W, 9-2 vs LAA
  • Report: David Ortiz to retire after 2016
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that David Ortiz will retire after the 2016 season.

    Advice: Bob Nightengale of USA Today hears that an official announcement will come Wednesday. Ortiz, who turns 40 on Wednesday, recovered from a slow start this season to finish with a .273/.360/.553 batting line to go along with 37 home runs and 108 RBI. In September, he became the 27th player in MLB history to reach the 500 home run club. He has a good chance to climb into the top-20 on the all-time list if he has another strong season on the way out. It should be quite the farewell tour. Ortiz will make $16 million in 2016 and his contract includes an option for 2017, but apparently that won't be necessary. Tuesday, 9:54 am
  • Gonzalez: Freeman will be with Braves in 2016
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM that Freddie Freeman will "absolutely" be with the team on Opening Day.

    Advice: After shortstop Andrelton Simmons was dealt to the Angels last week, there has been some chatter about the Braves shopping Freeman. Things could always change -- and Gonzalez might not be privy to all of the front office's conversations -- but it appears to be due diligence more than anything else. Freeman still has six years and $118.5 million remaining on his contract, so he could still be around by the time the Braves are relevant again. Tuesday, 6:10 am
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Giants closing in on deal with Kyle Blanks
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants are closing in on a contract with free agent Kyle Blanks.

    Advice: The deal would be on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, though Shea notes that as long as he's healthy Blanks would stand a good chance of breaking camp with the club. With his ability to play first base or either corner outfield spot in a pinch, his powerful right-handed bat could fit nicely in San Francisco. Monday, 7:06 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-2 vs LAA
  • Reds making Todd Frazier available for trade?
    An executive "of a team that's talked to the Reds" told ESPN's Jayson Stark that Todd Frazier is available.

    Advice: There had been some thought that Frazier might survive the Reds' rebuild -- at least for another year or so -- but Stark says this executive is "convinced" the third baseman can be had for the right price. Frazier, 29, smashed a career-high 35 home runs in 157 games this past season for Cincinnati. He carries two more years of arbitration eligibility. Every team in Major League Baseball is seeking cost-controlled power. Nov 16, 12:05 pm
    L, 4-0 @Pit
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